Ascend | Recede

Graduate Resident 2021 Ellen-Rose Wallace

Ormond Art Studios is delighted to announce this years graduate exhibition,

Ascend | Recede by artist Ellen-Rose Wallace

About the artist

Ellen-Rose Wallace is a visual artist based between Limerick and Roscommon, working primarily with video, in addition to sculpture, performance and sound art to reflect on ideas of time, passage and place. Ellen-Rose is a recent graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design where she studied Sculpture and Combined Media. Through her practice, she explores experiential time in relation to narrative; paying attention to cycles in nature, often framed through misused or displaced objects. Focusing on the separation of time as is counted from time that is experienced, her work often takes the form of unending, unfinished, or cyclical narrative structures. Within her work, there is an emphasis on human presence and absence, while the things we leave behind or unnoticed are centred.

It has been wonderful having Ellen as a resident in our little studio over the past month and we are excited to say that we will be having our first in person opening since the pandemic on the 14th of October in celebration of her wonderful work!

Link to book slots for the opening and exhibition

Ascend | Recede is a video and sound installation which borrows from the space of the attic in her grandfather’s childhood home, where she stayed for the duration of her residency at Ormond Art Studios. The work reflects on ideas of ageing and memory loss through imagery and processes of repetition and transition.

The work centres around an image of the attic wallpaper: a system of fresh pale flowers now creased and stained with time. Within the work, its repetitions are confused; distorted as though misremembered. These patterns sink, breath, and fade to form a thin skin around the blue wooden wall panels. Surrounding this, a sound installation imagines the rhythm of spiralling footsteps ascending a staircase. They circle the viewer and continue upwards, passing through the space.

The show will take place from the 14th – 17th October at Ormond Art Studios, 4 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1. The opening will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the 14th October. Opening hours for the remainder of the exhibition will be 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

We hope to see some of you on the opening evening and during the exhibition! It is not to be missed!

Please note: While we welcome all members of the public to our exhibitions and events, unfortunately Ormond Art Studios is not wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the studios being a listed Georgian building. If you have any questions or additional requirements that would make your experience at the exhibition more comfortable do not hesitate to get in touch at

Published by Ormond Art Studios

Ormond Art Studios is an artist-led initiative in Dublin city and is a platform for emerging visual artists. It supports the development of arts practice through affordable studio provision, critical discourse and space for events, residencies and exhibitions. The physical studios consists of eight individual artist's spaces along with a separate area that serves as the Project Space. The Project Space offers scope for work on a larger scale, embodied practice and experimentation. It is in this space that feedback sessions, events and exhibitions happen. We believe that critical discourse is hugely beneficial to developing a professional arts practice and essential to a dynamic arts community. Ormond Art Studios encourages members to open up their practise to peer critique and facilitates lively feedback sessions, residencies, and information/skills sharing initiatives. We believe in collaboration and connect with other creative initiatives to develop a network of support for artist‐led endeavours in Dublin and beyond. For more information please contact us at Ormond Art Studios is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

One thought on “Ascend | Recede

  1. Very interesting introduction looking forward to viewing this innovative evoking piece in an historic setting in our capital good luck Ellenrose Wallace and all at Ormond Art Studios

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